Money laundering charge, Gold Coast

Detectives from the Taskforce Maxima, Criminal Economy Unit, have issued a woman with a notice to appear in relation to money laundering.

It will be alleged the 24-year-old woman opened a bank account in early December 2015 the purpose of which was to receive funds from a company that was the subject of complaints relating to cold calling investment fraud.

It is then alleged a large sum of money was electronically deposited into that account on the day it was opened and a further sum a couple of days later.  The woman is also alleged to have attended four other bank branches within a two hour period and withdrawn cash from the account on the same day she received the second deposit.

Police were notified by the bank of the suspicious activity and further investigations were able to reveal that the money had been allegedly transferred into the account by a man known to be a director of the company subject of complaints relating to cold calling investment fraud.  The man was also an officer bearer of the Finks OMCG.

Police will allege the woman was procured by the man to open an account to assist him in siphoning money from the company bank account.

The woman was issued with the notice to appear yesterday in relation to one charge of money laundering and is due to appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on March 30.

Detective Inspector Phillip Stevens from Taskforce Maxima stated, “The detection and prosecution of those who assist in the facilitation of money laundering is a key focus of the taskforce’s Criminal Economy Unit.

“Those involved in this type of behaviour might think they are only minor players, but that is a mistaken belief, they are providing a very important and necessary facility in which the origins of criminal proceeds can be disguised,” Detective Inspector Steven said.


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